In response to the need by high volume distributors for a more robust pallet storage solution, Dematic has introduced a new, tough ColbyRACK UU-Beam for heavy duty operations, as well as a stronger clip to securely fasten the pallet racking beams to rack uprights to render accidental dislodgement near impossible.
According to Dematic's NSW State Manager, Robert Partridge, beams around the 2m level are prone to damage if reach truck operators accidentally back into them while retrieving a pallet from the opposite face of the pallet storage system. To eliminate the damage associated with this problem in high throughput distribution centres, Dematic developed a new type of beam made from two U-beam sections.
“The new heavy duty Colby UU-Beam increases frontal impact resistance by over 200%, which our customers say has virtually eliminated damage, improved OH&S, and significantly reduced rack maintenance costs,” says Partridge.
Woolworths Sydney Liquor DC Maintenance Manager, Bill Garriock had got used to accepting that forklift damage was inevitable, however now with Dematic's new heavy duty pallet racking beams forklift damage no longer poses such a problem.
“We’ve been going for well over a year now and we’ve typically had to replace less than one beam a month, and only a couple of rack uprights over the year," says Garriock.
“Preventing storage systems from getting damaged in the first place not only provides a much safer workplace, the ongoing savings means the rack protection will not only pay for itself, it also reduces operating costs over the life of the DC,” he adds.